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Salon: Linux goes to the movies

Nov 01, 2001, 11:47 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)
"Over the past year, the information technology elite have started to dismiss Linux as a flash in the pan that tried and failed to dominate in a world owned by Windows. Woebegone Linux and open-source companies are scattered across the landscape like so much shrapnel. The stock prices of IPO high fliers VA Linux and Red Hat currently trade near half of their pre-IPO offering prices. Meanwhile, Windows XP gets the press and the plaudits.

But what's happening behind the scenes? In the early days of the open-source movement, Linux-based operating systems made their way into the business world through the back door, usually shepherded by an engineer who just wanted to get his or her job done in the most efficient way possible. That motivation hasn't disappeared, even if some of the companies that tried to capitalize on it are already distant memories. In fact, today, entire industries are making Linux-based operating systems central to their business.

Take, for example, the glamorous, and absolutely essential to modern entertainment, visual-effects industry."

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